Dear Father God,
we keep turning to you because of the promise of life that we have in Christ Jesus.
We claim the promise of the gospel for ourselves,
and desire that you give us a spirit of power, of love and self-discipline as we proclaim the gospel.
This grace of the gospel in Christ Jesus you set apart before the ages began,
and now you have revealed it to us in the appearing of the Savior Jesus Christ.
We believe that through the cross, Jesus abolished death and brought life and immortality to light for us all.
We thank you, Father in heaven, for teaching and persuading us to put our trust in him, and that he is able to guard until that great day what we have committed to him.
Until Jesus comes, help us hold to the standard of sound teaching,
and to guard the good treasure entrusted to us,
with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
Hear us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.